Thomas Pestock is an American professional wrestler signed to WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand under the ring name Baron Corbin. Corbin is a one-time United States Champion, the winner of the third annual André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 32 and the 2017 Money in the Bank men's ladder match, he is a former offensive lineman for the Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League, as well as a three-time Golden Gloves champion and former grappling champion. Pestock was born in Kansas. By 2007, Pestock was a two-time Kansas-Missouri Golden Gloves regional champion in amateur boxing. Pestock participated at the 2008 Golden Gloves National Tournament of Champions in the super heavyweight division, defeating Chaen Chess in the preliminaries and losing to Andrae Cathron in the quarter-finals. Pestock attended NCAA Division II college Northwest Missouri State University, where he played offensive guard, he became a starter his junior year in 2007.
Pestock was named honorable mention all-MIAA in 2007 and first team all-MIAA in 2008. He was part of teams that went to four consecutive Division II National Championships and lost each time. Pestock signed with the Indianapolis Colts on April 27, 2009, after going undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft, he was released by the Colts on August 13 and re-signed by the team on August 19. He was again released by the Colts on September 5. Pestock signed a futures contract with the Arizona Cardinals on January 18, 2010, he was noted for throwing uppercuts in a team scuffle in training camp, he was released by the Cardinals on September 3 and signed to the team's practice squad on September 6. On January 4, 2011, he was again signed to a futures contract with the Cardinals, he was again released on September 2, 2011. Pestock signed with WWE's developmental system NXT in August 2012. Using the ring name Baron Corbin, he made his in-ring debut on October 18 at a live event, losing to Dante Dash. Corbin made his televised debut on the May 8, 2013 episode of NXT in a losing effort against Damien Sandow.
On the May 29 episode of NXT, Corbin unsuccessfully participated in a number one contendership battle royal for the NXT Championship, being eliminated early in the match by Mason Ryan. He made several appearances as an enhancement talent, with a battle royal to determine the number one contender to the NXT Championship on May 8, 2014 being his last televised match prior to his re-debut. After a long absence, a repackaged Corbin returned at NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way on September 11, where he defeated CJ Parker. Corbin defeated Parker in a rematch on the September 18 episode of NXT. Corbin would win numerous singles matches against enhancement talents, each in a short amount of time, until crossing paths with Bull Dempsey, winning his matches beginning a rivalry between the two to see who could one-up the other in having the least amount of time to win their matches. At NXT TakeOver: R Evolution on December 11, Corbin had a staredown with Dempsey after winning his match against Tye Dillinger.
Their anticipated one-on-one match took place on the January 14, 2015 episode of NXT which Corbin won, breaking Dempsey's undefeated streak in the process. Corbin participated in a number one contender's tournament for the NXT Championship, defeating Bull Dempsey in the first round, but being eliminated by Adrian Neville in the semi-final, ending Corbin's undefeated streak. At NXT TakeOver: Rival on February 11, Corbin defeated Dempsey in a no disqualification match to end their feud, he competed in an André the Giant Memorial battle royal qualification tournament at WrestleMania 31 Axxess, but lost in the first round to Finn Bálor. On the May 6 episode of NXT, Rhyno defeated Bull Dempsey and called out Corbin for a match at NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable; the following week on NXT, Corbin defeated Solomon Crowe, turned into a heel when showing a more banterous persona after the crowd turned on him and his short matches, which culminated in Corbin facing off with Rhyno and brawled with him. At NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable on May 20, Corbin defeated Rhyno to end the feud.
On the August 12 episode of NXT, Corbin defeated Axel Tischer and subdued Steve Cutler, executing the End of Days on the two, until Samoa Joe came out to challenge Corbin and began a brawl, applying the Coquina Clutch on Corbin. The following week on NXT, Corbin attacked Joe after his match, executed the End of Days and set up a match for NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn. At the event on August 22, Joe won. Corbin teamed up with his former rival Rhyno as a tag team to take place in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament. On the September 2 episode of NXT, they defeated The Ascension in the first round, they defeated the team of Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa in the second round. At NXT TakeOver: Respect on October 7, Corbin and Rhyno defeated Chad Gable and Jason Jordan to advance to the finals of the tournament, where they lost to Finn Bálor and Samoa Joe. After the event, a battle royal was held to determine the number one contender for the NXT Championship, which saw Corbin being lastly eliminated by Apollo Crews, who Corbin attacked during his title match to cost him the title, thus igniting a feud between the two that culminated at NXT TakeOver: London on December 16, where Corbin defeated Crews.
In January 2016, Corbin was involved in a triple threat match between Sami Zayn and Samoa Joe on the January 27 episode of NXT to determine the number contender for Finn Bálor's NXT Championship, but Corbin lost after Zayn and Joe both applied their submission holds on Corbin at the same time, with Corbin submitting. NXT General Manager William Regal did not give Corbin another title opportunity
Ryan Parmeter is an American professional wrestler signed to WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand under the ring name Konnor, as part of the tag team The Ascension. After spending four years wrestling on the independent circuit as Ryan O'Reilly, Parmeter signed a WWE contract in 2005, was assigned to Deep South Wrestling, a developmental territory, where he wrestled as Roughhouse O'Reilly, he won the DSW Heavyweight Championship twice, before appearing in Florida Championship Wrestling. He appeared in several dark matches prior to Raw and SmackDown, at several ECW house shows. In October 2007, both Parmeter and his girlfriend, Krissy Vaine, requested to be released from their WWE contracts for personal reasons. Following his release, Parmeter took time off from wrestling, before debuting for NWA Charlotte in February 2009. In July 2010, he was re-signed by WWE, returned to FCW where he began wrestling as Conor O'Brian, he was part of the fourth season of NXT, earned fourth place on the show's fifth season, NXT Redemption.
Parmeter trained at the School of Hard Knocks in southern Florida under Rusty Brooks, made his professional wrestling debut in 2001. He went on to compete in Brooks' promotion, Four Star Championship Wrestling as Ryan O'Reilly, formed a tag team with J-Dawg, known as "The Irish Thug Connection". Together, The Irish Thug Connection won the FSCW Tag Team Championship, he won the FSCW Heavyweight Championship, spent mid-2004 feuding with Norman Smiley over it. O'Reilly competed for Florida's Coastal Championship Wrestling promotion, won the CCW Heavyweight Championship, he appeared for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling during the promotion's early shows. After four years on the independent circuit, O'Reilly signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment in 2005, he was assigned to Deep South Wrestling, a WWE developmental territory as Roughhouse O'Reilly, made his DSW debut at the inaugural DSW show on September 1, in a loss to Jack Bull. Over the next several months, he faced wrestlers including "Big Time" Nick Mitchell, Mike Mizanin, Shawn Schultz, Derrick Neikirk, Eric Pérez and Freakin Deacon.
In December, he appeared in a dark match prior to the SmackDown tapings. In early 2006, O'Reilly took a leave of absence. Upon his return, he and Danny Germundo entered a tournament for the DSW Tag Team Championship but were eliminated by Team Elite on May 11. On June 22, O'Reilly defeated Neikirk to win the DSW Heavyweight Championship, he defended the championship against Knox and Montel Vontavious Porter. On September 7, O'Reilly lost the championship to Bradley Jay. During mid-2006, O'Reilly made several appearances at ECW house shows, teaming with Neikirk to face The FBI. O'Reilly was scheduled to become part of the regular ECW roster in September, but violated the WWE Wellness Program, was suspended for 30 days; when he returned, he became the personal assistant of DSW General Manager Krissy Vaine. In December, O'Reilly appeared on an episode of ECW as one of Paul Heyman's personal enforcers alongside Doug Basham. In March 2007, O'Reilly won the DSW Heavyweight Championship for the second time.
He lost the championship to Bradley Jay a week later. O'Reilly and Eric Perez were scheduled to face The Samoans in the main event of DSW's final event, but he and Perez were replaced by The Major Brothers. During mid-2007, O'Reilly would appear in dark matches prior to Raw and SmackDown against Sylvan Grenier, Chuck Palumbo, Super Crazy, Cody Rhodes and D'Lo Brown, he appeared in Florida Championship Wrestling, another WWE developmental territory, where both Lacey Von Erich and Maryse acted as his valets. In October 2007, both Parmeter and his girlfriend Krissy Vaine requested and were granted their release from WWE, they cited. In October 2007, Parmeter stated, he returned to wrestling in February 2009. He wrestled against Truitt Fields for the territory's Heavyweight Championship, but was unable to win the title. After the loss, O'Reilly formed an alliance with Mikael Judas and Phill Shatter called III, which lasted until the territory's closure. Parmeter was re-signed by the WWE on July 14, 2010, was reassigned to the FCW developmental territory.
On August 12, he debuted for Florida Championship Wrestling as Ryan O'Riley losing to Conrad Tanner. He would compete under this name for a short while before becoming Conor O'Brian on September 30. On November 30, 2010, during the season finale of season three of NXT, it was announced that Parmeter, under the name Conor O'Brian, would be appearing on season four, with Alberto Del Rio as his mentor, he made his in-ring debut on NXT the following week, teaming with Del Rio to defeat rookie Derrick Bateman and Bateman's mentor Daniel Bryan. O'Brian won his first challenge on the January 4, 2011 episode of NXT, when he won the'Battle of the Mic Challenge' to earn four immunity points. Two weeks on January 18, O'Brian was the second contestant eliminated from NXT. Earlier that night, O'Brian competed in a match against Ricardo Rodriguez in a losing effort. In March 2011, O'Brian was selected as one of the six former NXT contestants to return to the show in its fifth season, NXT Redemption. During this season, O'Brian was mentored by Vladimir Kozlov.
He was eliminated from competition on the June 28, 2011 episode of NXT, would be joined, replaced, by a returning Derrick Bateman and Daniel Bryan. On August 28, 2011, Ricardo Rodriguez announced the formation of a stable called The As
Swansea, is a coastal city and county known as the City and County of Swansea in Wales. Swansea lies within the historic county boundaries of Glamorgan and the ancient Welsh commote of Gŵyr on the southwest coast; the county area includes the Gower Peninsula. Swansea is the twenty-fifth largest city in the United Kingdom. According to its local council, the City and County of Swansea had a population of 241,300 in 2014; the last official census stated that the city and urban areas combined concluded to be a total of 462,000 in 2011. During the 19th-century industrial heyday, Swansea was the key centre of the copper-smelting industry, earning the nickname Copperopolis. Archaeological finds in the Swansea area come from the Gower Peninsula, include items from the Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age; the Romans occupied the area. The two largest rivers in the region are the Tawe which passes through the city centre and the Loughor which marks the northern border with Carmarthenshire; the Welsh name, translates to Mouth of the Tawe.
It first appears c.1150 as Aper Tyui. Swansea is thought to have developed as a Viking trading post, its English name may derive from Sveinn's island – Old Norse: Sveinsey – the reference to an island may refer either to a bank at the mouth of the River Tawe or to an area of raised ground in marshes. An alternative explanation derives the place name from the Norse personal name Sweyn and ey, which can mean "inlet"; this explanation supports the tradition. The name is pronounced Swans-y /ˈswɒnzi/), not Swan-sea; the earliest known form of the modern name, appears in the first charter, granted sometime between 1158 and 1184 by William de Newburgh, 3rd Earl of Warwick. The charter gave Swansea the status of a borough, granting the townsmen certain rights to develop the area. In 1215 King John granted a second charter. A town seal, believed to date from this period names the town as Sweyse. Following the Norman conquest, a marcher lordship was established under the title of Gower, it included land around Swansea Bay as far as the River Tawe, the manor of Kilvey beyond the Tawe, the peninsula itself.
Swansea was designated chief town of the lordship and received a borough charter at some point between 1158 and 1184. From the early 1700s to the late 1800s, Swansea was the world's leading copper-smelting area. Numerous smelters along the River Tawe received copper and other metal ores shipped from Cornwall and Devon, as well as from North and South America and Australia; the industry declined in the late 1800s, none of the smelters are now active. The port of Swansea traded in wine, wool, cloth and in coal. After the invention of the reverbatory furnace in the late 1600s, copper smelting was able to use coal rather than more-expensive charcoal. At the same time, the mines of Cornwall were increasing copper production. Swansea became the ideal place to smelt the Cornish copper ores, being close to the coalfields of South Wales and having an excellent port to receive ships carrying Cornish copper ore; because each ton of copper ore smelted used about three tons of coal, it was more economical to ship the copper ore to Wales rather than send the coal to Cornwall.
The first copper smelter at Swansea was established followed by many more. Once smelting was established, the smelters began receiving high-grade ore and ore concentrates from around the world. More coal mines opened to meet demand from northeast Gower to Llangyfelach. In the 1850s Swansea had more than 600 furnaces, a fleet of 500 oceangoing ships carrying out Welsh coal and bringing back metal ore from around the world. At that time most of the copper matte produced in the United States was sent to Swansea for refining.. Smelters processed arsenic, zinc and other metals. Nearby factories produced pottery; the Swansea smelters became so adept at recovering gold and silver from complex ores that in the 1800s they received ore concentrates from the United States, for example from Arizona in the 1850s, Colorado in the 1860s. The city expanded in the 18th and 19th centuries, was termed "Copperopolis". From the late 17th century to 1801, Swansea's population grew by 500%—the first official census indicated that, with 6,099 inhabitants, Swansea had become larger than Glamorgan's county town and was the second most populous town in Wales behind Merthyr Tydfil.
However, the census understated Swansea's true size, as much of the built-up area lay outside the contemporary boundaries of the borough. Swansea's population was overtaken by Merthyr in 1821 and by Cardiff in 1881, although in the latter year Swansea once again surpassed Merthyr. Much of Swansea's growth was due to migration from within and beyond Wales—in 1881 more than a third of the borough's population had been born outside Swansea and Glamorgan, just under a quarter outside Wales. Copper smelting at Swansea declined in the late 1800s for a number of reasons. Copper mining in Cornwall declined; the price of copper dropped from £112 in 1860 to £35 in the 1890s. In the early 1900s, mining shifted to lower-grade copper deposits in North and South America, the lower-grade ore could not support transportation to Swansea; the Swansea and Mumbles Railway was built in 1804 to move limestone from
Cederick Johnson is an American professional wrestler signed to WWE, where he performs on the cruiserweight-exclusive 205 Live brand under the ring name Cedric Alexander. He is a former Cruiserweight Champion, he is known for his time in Ring of Honor and Pro Wrestling Guerilla. Over the course of 2010, Alexander wrestled dark matches for Ring of Honor. In 2011 he started performing for ROH on a regular basis after he formed the tag team called the C&C Wrestle Factory with Caprice Coleman. On December 23 at Final Battle 2011, C&C Wrestle Factory competed in a Tag team gauntlet match for a future ROH World Tag Team Championship title shot where they eliminated the Bravado Brothers. On March 30 at Showdown in the Sun Chapter 1, they were defeated by Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team; the next day at Showdown in the Sun Chapter 2, Alexander was defeated by Tommaso Ciampa. On September 15 at Death Before Dishonor X: State of Emergency, they were defeated by S. C. U. M.. At Glory By Honor XI: The Unbreakable Hope on October 13, they once again defeated the Bravado Brothers.
On December 16 at Final Battle 2012: Doomsday, they unsuccessfully challenged S. C. U. M. for the ROH World Tag Team Championship in a three way match that included the Briscoe Brothers who won the match. On March 3 at the 11th Anniversary Show, he and Coleman were defeated by S. C. U. M. On April 5 at Supercard of Honor VII, C&C Wrestle Factory teamed with B. J. Whitmer, Mark Briscoe and Mike Mondo in a losing effort against S. C. U. M.. On May 4 at Border Wars 2013, they defeated TaDarius Thomas. On May 18 at Relentless, they teamed with Jay Lethal to defeat reDRagon. On July 8 at Live And Let Die, Alexander was defeated by Davey Richards. On June 22 at Best in the World 2013, they unsuccessfully challenged reDRagon for the ROH World Tag Team Championship in a three way match that included S. C. U. M.. On August 3 at All Star Extravaganza V, they were defeated by Adrenaline Rush in a three way match that included The Young Bucks. On January 25 at Wrestling's Finest, he defeated Andrew Everett. On February 8 at State Of The Art, he was defeated by Jimmy Jacobs.
On February 21 at the 12th Anniversary Show he teamed with Mark Briscoe and Adam Page in a losing effort against The Decade. On March 7 at Raising The Bar – Day 1, he teamed with Adam Page in a tag team match against The Decade where they lost; the next day at Raising The Bar – Day 2 he was defeated by Kevin Steen. On March 22 at Flyin' High he was defeated by Michael Elgin. On April 4 at Supercard of Honor VIII, he lost a match against Roderick Strong. On April 19 at Second To None, he teamed with Andrew Everett in a losing effort against reDRagon. At Global Wars on May 10, he defeated Roderick Strong. After the match he was attacked by Roderick Strong and the rest of The Decade and was put through chairs and his shoulder was separated. Alexander made an appearance at War of the Worlds attacking The Decade from behind; this led to a submission match against Roderick Strong at Best in the World, in which he came out victorious. On August 9, during the Summer Heat Tour, he unsuccessfully challenged Michael Elgin for the ROH World Championship.
On September 6 at All Star Extravaganza VI he was scheduled to face Silas Young, but when Young broke his leg and ACH did not show up for the event he challenged Jay Lethal for the ROH World Television Championship where he was defeated. On October 11 at Champions vs. All Stars, he was defeated by Christopher Daniels. On November 7 at Survival Of The Fittest- Day 1, he was defeated by Adam Page in a 2014 Survival of the Fittest qualifying match; the next day at Survival Of The Fittest- Day 2, he was defeated by Jay Lethal. On November 22 at Tag Wars, he was defeated by Tommaso Ciampa in No Disqualification Grudge Match. On December 7 at Final Battle 2014, he teamed with The Addiction, but lost to The Young Bucks and ACH following a Meltzer Driver and an ACH 450 splash. On May 16, 2015, at Global Wars'15, Alexander ended Moose's undefeated streak after hitting him with a wrench. On June 19 at Best in the World 2015, Alexander reunited with Caprice Coleman, but broke off the partnership for good, when Coleman refused to allow Alexander to use the wrench again in a match against War Machine.
That same event, Alexander attacked Moose, aligning himself with Moose's former manager Veda Scott. On May 14, 2016, Alexander announced his departure from ROH. On June 13, 2016, Alexander was announced as a participant in WWE's upcoming Cruiserweight Classic tournament; the tournament began on June 23 with Alexander defeating Clement Petiot in his first round match. On July 14, Alexander was eliminated from the tournament by Kota Ibushi; the match received high praise, with the fans in attendance chanting "please sign Cedric" and earned a 4 1/2 star rating from Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. On the August 29 episode of Raw, Alexander was announced as part of upcoming cruiserweight division. Alexander made his debut on the September 19 episode of Raw, submitting to Brian Kendrick in a fatal four-may match that included Gran Metalik and Rich Swann to determine the number one contender for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. On the September 26 episode of Raw, he along with Rich Swann, defeated Lince Dorado and Drew Gulak.
On the December 6 episode of 205 Live, it was revealed that Alexander was dating Alicia Fox in storyline, faced Noam Dar in a losing effort. Aft
Mark Andrews (wrestler)
Mark Andrews is a Welsh professional wrestler and musician. He is signed to WWE, he is known for his time in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling under the ring name Mandrews. Andrews started training at the age of 13, upon discovery of the NWA Wales training school in Newport; as well as training there under Edd Ferris, Andrews would travel to Kent three times a year to attend NWA UK Hammerlock's training camps, where he learned off the likes of John Ryan, Paul Tracey and Andre Baker. It is here that he met Zack Sabre Jr. who became Andrews's mentor. It was for NWA Wales that Andrews made his wrestling debut, appearing in a battle royal in 2006. Shortly afterwards, Andrews began competing under a mask, using the name "The Lightning Kid", he has stated. Andrews' rise as The Lightning Kid was gradual, with most his appearances in 2006 and 2007 limited to promotions in South Wales, his first appearance outside Wales was at the 2007 Holbrooks Festival in Coventry, where he first met his long-time friend, Pete Dunne.
January 2008 saw Andrews make his first international appearance, when he was flown out to Madrid to compete for La Super Wrestling Alliance. In 2009, Andrews first began to gain exposure on Britain's independent wrestling scene, making appearances for British Championship Wrestling and Premier British Wrestling. In November 2009, Andrews wrestled at IPW:UK's event in Chatham, against Zack Sabre Jr. In 2010, Andrews started to appear for Coventry-based Triple X Wrestling, he appeared as part of a stable called "The NexXxus", a parody of the "Nexus" faction in the WWE. Under the name "Mandrews Tarver", Andrews joined fellow'rookies' Wade Helix, Hitch Sheffield, Phil Otunga and Gav Gabriel as the group ambushed and attacked various members of the roster. In 2011, Andrews debuted for Insane Championship Wrestling in Glasgow, competed at Premier British Wrestling's annual "King of Cruisers" six-way match in Irevine. Andrews made two appearances for the newly reformed Frontier Wrestling Alliance, which included an encounter against long-time rival Wild Boar at Thorpe Park.
Andrews started to make appearances for Preston City Wrestling, where he twice came up short in encounters for Bubblegum's PCW Cruiserweight Championship, including in a three-way match that included Austin Aries. Andrews' match against Kris Travis at "PCW SuperShow 4" was nominated for "UK Match of the Year" in the Fighting Spirit Magazine Reader Awards 2014, the second year running Andrews had been nominated for the honour. In Attack! Pro Wrestling, Andrews continued heavy involvement in the creative direction of the organisation. May saw Andrews reprise his role as Pikachu, as Attack! Presented the second instalment of their popular video game themed shows, "Press Start Level 2". Taking on Arthur Klauser-Saxon, styled as Machoke, Andrews picked up the win to gain the hold of the 24:7 Championship for a second time; as with his first reign, he did not hold the title for long – with T-Bone winning the title immediately, styled as Bowser. At the following show, "The Weird And Wonderful World of Attack!
Pro Wrestling", Andrews again regained the title, defeating current holders Sam Bailey and Zack Gibson in a soccer-themed tag team match, alongside Pete Dunne. For a third time, Andrews lost the title as as he had won it, with Lana Austin and Nixon Newell striking the same evening to take the belt. Andrews made another short trip to the US independents in 2014, which included a dark match appearance at DREAMWAVE's “Good As Gold” event in LaSalle, Illinois. In addition to the USA trip, Andrews made his debut for Germany's award-winning Westside Xtreme Wrestling. Appearing on the Mülheim leg of the "wXw Drive of Champions Tour", Andrews teamed with Pete Dunne and Chris Brookes, losing out to Big Daddy Walter, Axel Dieter Jr. and Da Mack. Andrews' most successful year-to-date earned him three nominations at the Fighting Spirit Magazine Reader Awards 2014, where he was shortlisted for "Best UK Wrestler" and "Best UK Tag Team", alongside his "UK Match of the Year" nomination for his PCW encounter against Kris Travis.
Meanwhile, the online message board UKFF voted Andrews the 3rd best wrestler in the UK, with a series of complimentary comments, including: "Mark's the poster boy of the resurgence British wrestling is seeing at the moment. Talented and genuinely cool."After signing a contract with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, it was confirmed that Andrews would be moving stateside. Andrews' "home" promotion, Attack! Pro Wrestling, hosted a farewell show on 24 January 2015. Titled "Mandrews Goes To America", the show was held at Cathays Community Centre in Cardiff, a small venue just minutes from where Andrews grew up. Headlined by the promise of Andrews vs his long-time friend Pete Dunne, tickets for the show sold out in under 15 minutes. At the event, Andrews defeated Dunne. In early 2016, Andrews and Nixon Newell formed the tag team Bayside High and on 27 March 2016 defeated #CCK for the Attack! Tag Team Trophy Championship in a Ladder match, they lost the titles to #CCK on 21 August 2016 at a rematch in Cardiff.
In August 2011, Andrews travelled to Pennsylvania. Granted a place in the Young Lions Cup IX, Andrews' first round match was a four-way eliminator, taking on Tadasuke, Nick Jackson and Sean South. Tadasuke won the match. In 2014, he appeared in Chikara's yearly King of Trios tournament as Team UK with Pete Dunne an
Eric Young (wrestler)
Jeremy Fritz is a Canadian professional wrestler and television personality. He is signed to WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Eric Young. Young competed in WWE's developmental territory NXT, where he was a former NXT Tag Team Champion, he is best known for his 12-year tenure working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling from 2004 to 2016, where he was a one-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion, one-time X Division Champion, a three-time Legends/Global/Television/King of the Mountain Champion, a four-time world tag team champion, having held the NWA World Tag Team Championship twice with Bobby Roode, the TNA World Tag Team Championship twice once with Kaz, once as a member of The Band with Kevin Nash and Scott Hall, the only male to co-hold the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship, winning the title with female wrestler ODB. He is one of only five men to win TNA's Grand Slam Championship. All together, Young won 11 championships during his career in TNA, is considered a "TNA Original".
After graduating from high school, Young began training with veteran wrestler Waldo Von Erich in Cambridge, Ontario. After training for ten weeks he wrestled his debut match on October 14, 1998 in Benton Harbor, facing his friend "Suicide" Sean Ball, he received supplementary training from Scott D'Amore and Chris Kanyon. After four months, he had wrestled ten matches and was promoted to head trainer. After his training was complete, Young began working on the independent circuit; when wrestling infrequently, Young subsidised his income with a number of other jobs, including working in a pizza parlour, manufacturing brass horse harnesses and sand casting. During his time in the Ontario independent scene, Young owned and operated the Wrestleplex training facility out of Cambridge. Notable wrestlers to come out of the gym include Jake O'Reilly, Ontario mainstay Crazzy Steve and World Wrestling Entertainment signee Shawn Spears. On June 30, 2007, Eric secured the APWF Light Heavyweight Championship defeating former four-time NWA World Light Heavyweight Champion "Luscious" Rocky Reynolds in Oil City, Pennsylvania.
Young appeared on WWE television three times. The first was on an WWE Velocity; the second appearance was on WWE Velocity in which he was announced as "Showtime" Eric Young. He appeared the next day on WWE Sunday Night Heat. In January 2004 Young debuted in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling as a member of Team Canada, he took part in the World X Cup event, defeating Jerry Lynn, Mr. Águila and Taichi Ishikari in a ladder match. Team Canada were a regular feature on Impact! Throughout mid-2004, feuding with the 3Live Kru. On the October 15, 2004 Impact!, Young and Bobby Roode defeated Christopher Daniels and "Cowboy" James Storm for the NWA World Tag Team Championship. They held the titles until November 7, they regained the titles a month at Turning Point on December 5, defeating B. G. James and Ron Killings. Young and Roode began feuding with America's Most Wanted in early 2005, lost the NWA World Tag Team Championship to America's Most Wanted on January 16 at Final Resolution. Young began teaming with Team Canada member Petey Williams, on April 24, 2005 they unsuccessfully challenged America's Most Wanted for the NWA World Tag Team Championship at Lockdown.
After defeating Apolo and Sonny Siaki at Hard Justice on May 15, Williams and Young challenged and lost to new NWA World Tag Team Champions The Naturals at Slammiversary on June 19. Team Canada began feuding with The Naturals and Lance Hoyt, with Young, Roode and A-1 defeating Hoyt and The Naturals at No Surrender on July 17. America's Most Wanted formed a loose alliance with The Naturals against Team Canada, with Young, Williams and A-1 defeating The Naturals and America's Most Wanted at TNA Sacrifice on August 14. After Williams renewed his pursuit of the X Division Championship, Young began teaming with A-1 on a regular basis. At Unbreakable on September 11, Young and A-1 faced America's Most Wanted, Alex Shelley and Johnny Candido and defending champions The Naturals in a four-way tag match. Young was able to pin both Candido and "Wildcat" Chris Harris, but Team Canada lost the match after Chase Stevens managed to pin A-1. At Bound for Glory on October 23, Young, A-1 and Bobby Roode defeated the 3Live Kru.
After the match, their attempt to attack Konnan was foiled by Kip James. That night, Team Canada stopped 3Live Kru from saving Rhino from an attack by Planet Jarrett, helped Jarrett place Rhino in a casket which they had brought to ringside; as Team Canada and Planet Jarrett celebrated together, Team 3D entered the ring and, with the help of the now recovered 3Live Kru, drove Planet Jarrett and Team Canada from the ring. Young, standing atop the casket, was hit with a 3D by Team 3D, he was thrown into the casket in the place of Rhino, who in turn stood atop the casket, celebrating his earlier victory for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship over Jeff Jarrett. As a result of the events of Bound For Glory, Roode and A-1 faced the 3Live Kru in a rematch at Genesis on November 13. Team Canada lost the match after Ron Killings pinned Young; the long-running feud between Team Canada and the 3Live Kru ended at Turning Point on December 11 when Young, Roode and A-1 defeated the Kru and Kip James after Konnan turned on his teammates.
After the debut of TNA on Spike TV in October 2005
Allen Neal Jones is an American professional wrestler signed to WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown brand under the ring name AJ Styles. Long regarded as one of the world's best professional wrestlers, Styles has headlined numerous pay-per-view events internationally. Styles debuted in 1998 and competed for various independent promotions, before gaining his first mainstream exposure in World Championship Wrestling in 2001. From 2002 to 2014, he became known for his tenure in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, who described him as "the cornerstone of the company since the inception in 2002". Within that organization, Styles held the NWA World Heavyweight Championship three times and the TNA World Heavyweight Championship twice and was the inaugural titleholder of the X Division Championship, which he won six times. Styles is the first professional wrestler to complete the TNA Grand Slam. In 2010, Styles became the first TNA-contracted wrestler to be ranked number one on the annual Pro Wrestling Illustrated PWI 500 list.
He appeared in Ring of Honor from 2002–2006, where he became the inaugural ROH Pure Champion. In 2014, Styles signed with New Japan Pro-Wrestling and won his first of two IWGP Heavyweight Championships in his debut match becoming the third leader of the Bullet Club. Styles has won various titles on international independent circuits, including the PWG World Championship. Styles first appeared in WWE in 2002, but turned down a developmental contract he was offered with the company, he signed a multi-year contract with WWE fourteen years in January 2016, making his re-debut that month and going on to win the WWE Championship in September. Both PWI and the Wrestling Observer Newsletter voted him Wrestler of the Year for 2016 and in 2017 he was inducted into the WON Hall of Fame. With his second WWE Championship victory in Manchester, England in November 2017, Styles was recognized by WWE as the first wrestler to win the title outside of North America. At 371 days, this reign is the longest in SmackDown history under the brand extension, shattering the previous record of 280 days held by John Bradshaw Layfield from 2004–2005.
The reign is recognized as the eighth-longest overall. Allen Neal Jones was born at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina on June 2, 1977, he grew up in poverty with an alcoholic father. The family's poverty was such that they could not afford cable television, which resulted in Jones being unable to watch professional wrestling, his childhood passion, he attended Johnson High School in Gainesville, graduating in the class of 1996. Jones left Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina, where he was on a partial wrestling scholarship, to try professional wrestling, he entered a professional wrestling school because his friends were doing it and to find out whether he had a natural aptitude for it. To supplement his income, he worked by driving an ambulance. Jones was trained by Rick Michaels and debuted in 1998. In the Georgia-based National Championship Wrestling promotion he wrestled as Mr. Olympia, a masked wrestler, losing to Michael Brooks in his first singles match.
By August 1999, he had won the promotion's Television Championship. From 1999 to 2001, he competed in less notable independent promotions. In December 1999, NCW merged with NWA Georgia to form NWA Wildside, Jones was renamed A. J. Styles, he appeared sporadically after signing with NWA-TNA, is a former NWA Georgia Heavyweight Champion, having defeated Rick Michaels for the title on December 22, 2001 at Christmas Chaos. Atlanta-based World Championship Wrestling had observed Styles' and Air Paris' program in NWA Wildside and offered each a contract in early 2001. Styles and Paris were placed in a tag team, named Air Raid; the team's gimmick saw both men dress with Air Raid appearing on Thunder three times. On the March 5, 2001 episode of Nitro, they were entered into a tournament for the newly created WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship, but were eliminated in the first round by eventual winners Elix Skipper and Kid Romeo. On July 9, 2001, Styles had his first WWF tryout match against his trainer, Rick Michaels, before the taping of Raw.
Styles was not offered a contract. On October 26, 2001, Styles participated in All Pro Wrestling's King of the Indies tournament, he defeated Jardi Frantz in his first round match, but was eliminated by Christopher Daniels in the quarter finals the following night. On November 13, 2001, Styles debuted in Xcitement Wrestling Federation, competing in a battle royal against Billy Fives, Christopher Daniels, Juventud Guerrera, Kid Kash, Prince Iaukea and Quick Kick for the XWF Cruiserweight Championship, but was unsuccessful in winning the title; that night, Styles defeated Josh Mathews in a match taped for XWF television. The following night, Styles was defeated by Daniels, again in a match taped for the XWF television program. Styles made two more appearances for the World Wrestling Federation in 2002: on the January 26 episode of Metal, in a losing effort against The Hurricane, in a dark match prior to the January 27 episode of SmackDown!, where he was defeated by Rico Constantino. After these matches, WWF offered Styles a developmental deal contract, where it would require Styles to relocate to Cincinnati, where the Heartland Wrestling Association developmental territory was located, Styles declined the d